While the ski media obsesses over how Instagram is ruining skiing (that’s impossible), we believe that some technology can be pretty fun on the hill.
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And while we may neglect Tinder and Bumble, instead opting to buy a well tequila shot for that attractive member of the opposite sex at the other end of the bar– I do enjoy a novel ski app from time to time. In fact, some of these are downright necessary and if you’re not rocking #1 on this list, you need to play catch-up.
The Top 5 Ski Apps For The 2016-2017 Ski Season
When it comes to a social media/tracking platform for skiing, there’s nothing better than SnoCru. The app allows you to track a day on the hill while recording top speed, distance traveled, along with a variety of other metrics. In our opinion, SnoCru is way better than its competitors and DAYCRU challenges can make even the most rain drenched days an absolute blast.
Best Feature – TOP SPEED
4) PeakFinder Earth
Ever wonder, “what is that peak over there.” Well with PeakFinder Earth, your smartphone can now identify mysterious peaks in the distance. This is the only app on this list that costs money ($3.99) but the novelty of pointing out future big mountain objectives makes this app priceless.
“I hike a few hundred miles a year and I highly recommend this app!” – Anonymous Reviewer
While they’re are a variety of apps that give ski and snow reports, we haven’t seen one as comprehensive as the aptly titled, OnTheSnow app. We find the above to be the most user friendly snow reporting app on the market.
Best Feature – Powder alerts when your favorite resorts receive new snow
While FATMAP continues to hone its 3-D resort and backcountry maps, the progress they’ve made thus far in giving real time, 3-D maps of ski terrain is unbelievable. Look for the app to evolve this season into something the everyday user can appreciate.
Best Feature – Virtual 3D Fly-Throughs
“An app that will revolutionize your backcountry freeriding experience” – Red Bull
1) Avalanche Forecast
This is hands-down the best avalanche forecasting app in North America. The Avalanche Forecast combines avy info from data distributors across the continent, giving you live conditions updates that beat even the best snow reporting apps. #KBYG.
“I use this app before heading out as step 1 towards safety and my friends” – Anonymous Reviewer